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Kristi Lefebvre Soccer Academy

Coaching Staff

Brad Keller
Assistant Coach

The 2016 season marks Brad Keller's first as an assistant coach at Vermont.

Keller came to Vermont after one season as a member of the women's soccer coaching staff at the University of New Mexico.

Keller has a rich soccer background. He served as the girl's head coach at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona from 2013-15 and was head coach of multiple teams for the Sereno Soccer Club from 2012-15.

A native of Scottsdale, Keller played one year of professional soccer for his hometown Phoenix FC Wolves of the United Soccer League in 2013 and also competed for the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Futbol Club in Cancun, Mexico.

Keller played collegiately at the University of Washington from 2007-10. He appeared in 64 games, in the Huskies' backfield. He earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and 2009 and was a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection in 2009 and 2010.


Lauren Bernard
Assistant Coach

The 2016 season marks Lauren Bernard's first season as an assistant coach at Vermont.

Bernard joined the UVM staff after a four-year career at Boston College. A defender/midfielder for the Eagles she started every game she played (81) and finished her career with 29 points on six goals and 17 assists.

She ranked third on the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and helped BC reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in her sophomore season.

A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Vermont, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Colchester High School and a member of the U.S. U15 Women's National Team.


Marc Hickok
Athletic Performance Coach

Marc Hickok is in his third year as an assistant athletic performance coach at the University of Vermont. He was named Co-Director of the Athletic Performance program at UVM in July of 2014.

He is responsible for implementing the strength program for men's basketball, women's hockey, men’s lacrosse and the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Prior to UVM, Hickok was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Florida. At USF, he was the head strength coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams and softball. He also assisted with the implementation of the strength and conditioning program for the football team as well as coaching the placekickers and punters during practice.

Hickok is a Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist (CSCS) through NSCA as well as a certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences (anatomy and physiology) from the University of Connecticut. He earned Master’s Degree in exercise science at USF.

Hickok was a five-year member of the UConn football team as a placekicker. He ranks in the top-10 all-time leaders in points scored and field goals in the team’s 100-plus year history.

After graduating from UConn, Hickok pursued a professional football career and was a member of the NFL Champion New York Giants (2007), NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, and the AF2’s Stockton Lightning.


Neal Sand
Athletic Trainer

Neal Sand serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in the University of Vermont Athletic Medicine Department.

He provides the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for women's soccer and women's swimming and diving teams at UVM.

Originally from Clifton Park, N.Y., Sand is a 1988 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a major in physical education/athletic training. He went on to get a master's degree in athletic training at Indiana St. University.

Prior to arriving at the University at Vermont, Sand was the Head Athletic Trainer at SUNY-Plattsburgh from 1994-2001.

Sand has been a volunteer to several organizations and events throughout his career. He has donated his time to New York's Empire State Games several times, the 1995 United States Olympic Sports Festival, the Albany Maulers Semi Pro Football Team (1991), USA Youth Soccer, the Junior Olympic Wrestling North Regionals (1990), and was a volunteer EMT in Schenectady, N.Y.

Sand continues to maintain certification in related fields such as strength and conditioning and USWF Club Coach. He is also certified in the Graston manual medicine techniques.

Southern in 2004 with a degree in business administration.